Tatanka Complex Update, 8-23-2016

August 23, 2016 Posted by: Yellowstone Fire Information

Alert: The south entrance of Yellowstone National Park is closed due to a fire in Grand Teton National Park. A fire to the south of Yellowstone National Park, the Berry fire in Grand Teton National Park, has prompted the closure of Highway 89 between Flagg Ranch on the north and Leeks Marina on the south, effectively closing the south entrance to Yellowstone. Park visitors wishing to enter/exit through the south entrance of Yellowstone National Park will be unable to do so. The closure is expected to last several days. Lizard Creek Campground is currently being evacuated.All other entrances to Yellowstone remain open at this time;this includes the east entrance, northeast entrance (Cooke City), north entrance (Gardiner), and west entrance (West Yellowstone).

For Grand Teton road information, call (307) 739-3614

Summary

The Maple fire, currently 27,101 acres, grew an additional 4,653 acres yesterday. An infrared mapping flight was conducted last night. Similar to Monday, the majority of the new growth was on the northern flanks of the fire. The western edge of the fire showed slight growth, mostly due to the fire backing into the wind.

Monday night over 300-community members attended a fire update meeting in West Yellowstone. Fire managers provided an update on the Maple fire and held a question &answer session.

The Maple fire is 3.9 miles from the West Yellowstone Entrance Station, only a one-tenth mile move to the west since yesterday, and 2.5 miles from Madison Junction. It continues to back down the slope near the 7-mile bridge and is 400 feet from the roadway at the top of the cliff face.It has not crossed the West Entrance road, and firefighters do not anticipate it crossing the road. Contingency plans have been developed, should the fire move westward towards West Yellowstone: firefighters plan on holding it to the east of the Madison River.

The West Entrance road remains open. Should smoke or fire activity increase;pilot cars may be implemented to safely escort vehicles through the area.

West winds are expected again today, with lighter speeds (10-20 mph) and relative humidity will be 10-13 percent. Increased fire activity is expected today.

Monday the Buffalo fire showed increased fire activity early in the day, until smoke from the Maple fire shaded it, slowing down fire growth.Additional trail closures have been put in place for the Buffalo fire area (see list on left). The Fawn fire continues to show growth as fuels dry out.

The Boundary fire, 192 acres, is 85 percent contained. Firefighters continue securing the fire's edge and are working deeper into the interior of the fire removing hazard trees as appropriate and safe to do so.

Air Quality Index: the Montana Department of Environmental Quality monitoring station in West Yellowstone is currently offline. No current report is available for today.

For additional details on current fires and fire restrictions, visit our Current Fire Activity page.


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